The “green card” is a document that allows a non-US citizen to obtain permanent residence in the United States. Also known as a permanent resident card, a person can legally live and work anywhere in the country with this card.
Once you get a green card, you can apply and qualify for US citizenship after three to five years. It is useful to live and work anywhere in the United States legally.
There are different types of green cards, and the application you must follow varies according to your situation. Types of green cards include:
- Family Green Card
- Labor Green Card
- Green Card as a Special Immigrant
- Green Card for Refugee or Asylum Status
- Green Card for Victims of Human Trafficking and Crimes
- Green Card for Victims of Abuse
- Green Card for other categories
To apply for one of them, you must be eligible according to the category for which you wish to apply. The eligibility requirements are different for each of them, so you should check if you meet all of them.
Most of the people who apply for a Green Card must complete at least: an immigrant petition and an application for a Green Card (Form I-485). Next, we will briefly mention what the steps of the process are.
General Green Card Application Process
Remember that the steps to request it will vary depending on your situation. However, most applicants must take the following steps:
- Generally, another person must file an immigrant petition on your behalf (this person is often referred to as a sponsor or representative). However, there are situations in which you will be able to apply yourself.
- After USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) approves your petition, and a visa is available within the category you are applying for, you must file the green card application with them or file a visa application with the United States Department of State.
- Later, you will have to go to an appointment where you will provide your fingerprints, photos, and signature.
- Next, you will have to appear for an interview, and
- Finally, a decision will be made for your application.
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